Memorial Day and the Religious Syncretism of the State

During my high school and college years and beyond, I thought about becoming a Catholic priest and made an effort to discern and pray about it over the course of those years. Eventually I discovered that part of my vocation was to marry — Emily and I will celebrate our two-year anniversary this July — and so the presbyteral ordination option was closed. As I have reflected on how my religio-political views have evolved over the last ten years or… Read more

Vladimir Solovyov on Christian Politics

Complete separation between morality and politics is one of the prevalent errors of the present age. From the Christian point of view and within Christendom, those two realms – the moral and the political – ought to be most intimately connected, though they cannot coincide.Just as Christian morality has in view the realization of the Kingdom of God within the individual, so Christian politics should be preparing the coming of God’s Kingdom for humanity as a whole consisting of large… Read more

New Book on Business as Vocation

I am excited to note that a new book has just been published on Christian social justice in the workplace. John C. Médaille’s The Vocation of Business: Social Justice in the Marketplace is now available for purchase from Continuum. Here’s a synopsis of the book from Continuum’s website: This is a textbook on the Social Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church for would-be business professionals. Part I does 3 things: provides (1) a history of moral discourse since the Enlightenment,… Read more

Pope attempts to correct statements on indigenous peoples

Back when the Pope was being criticized for his Regensburg University speech which contained some not-well-thought-out comments on Islam, I argued that many of the Pope’s critics were missing the point. Indeed, I agreed with the Catholic Peace Fellowship blog when they suggested that the Pope meant to criticize Christianity just as much as Islam.I didn’t have that same sympathy for the Pope last week when he commented on the Church’s role in the history of colonization in Latin America…. Read more

The True Essence of a Woman

A new birth control pill that eliminates a woman’s menstrual cycles was approved yesterday by the FDA. What are some of the critics saying?But some critics say the elimination of a period as a “lifestyle choice” could be bad for women’s health. “Menstrual suppression is unnatural,” health psychologist Paula Derry wrote in an editorial in the British Medical Journal.“Unnatural? Are you serious? It is after all my body and it is my choice!” You know it. You know that would… Read more

The Womb of Peace

Today I was invited to join a panel discussion about war and peace, and to share my experiences as a conscientious objector (I was discharged a few years ago from the Army as a CO). I explained that my objection was firmly based in the Gospel, and that if I were to share anything, it would be faith-based. He thought that was okay. But after we talked, I wondered if I would have the courage to say what I know… Read more

Can Catholics Vote for Pro-Abortion Politicians?

We seem to be skirting around this issue on the blog, so I would like to address it head on. On whether a Catholic can vote for a pro-abortion candidate (I will refrain from the “pro-choice” euphemism), a number of Catholic commentators say they cannot, and quite vociferously.The most sophisticated reasoning on this front is laid out by the Catholic Answers voter’s guide. In a nutshell, this group argues that there are five non-negotiable issues in current US political discourse:… Read more

Thoughts on the Outlawing of Abortion

In one of his typically thought-provoking and soul-stretching posts, Nathan rightly notes the (im)moral and social conditions that fuel the culture of death. To simply reduce abortion to its political and legal aspects as if a solution based sheerly on platform or law could extinguish the evil that gives rise to the systematic destruction–murder–of the smallest and weakest of persons is to gravely neglect the real issue at stake. As Nathan brilliantly and beautifully puts it, Christians must commit to… Read more

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